Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

President Donald Trump endorses Republican Bill Lee for Tennessee Governor

President Donald Trump endorses Republican Bill Lee for Tennessee Governor

Rep. Marsha Blackburn are on a collision course to claim their own slices of history in a critical U.S. Senate race.

The candidates running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate are former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Gary Davis and John Wolfe. Former state economic development chief Randy Boyd, who had the backing of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, was widely considered Black's chief rival.

"When I saw all those ads for Diane Black with President Trump, that was one where I was like, 'Well, I am definitely not going to vote for her, '" said Dimel, who added that she now regrets her vote for Trump. Polls have shown a close contest for the seat now held by retiring Republican Sen. In the race for Senate, candidates were running to replace Republican Senator Bob Corker, who will retire at the end of his term; the election has become competitive for Democrats, despite Trump winning nearly every county in the state in 2016. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who significantly outspent House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, will win the Democratic nomination, CNN projects. Businessman Bill Lee topped a four-way Republican primary to face Dean this fall. "She will be a valuable partner for President Trump on his quest to make America great again".

But unlike Blackburn, Black did not have President Donald Trump 's endorsement. "The people of Tennessee look to us for that leadership".

Bredesen has countered that his record as governor shows he's an independent thinker who won't cave to party leaders.

The Blackburn-Bredesen showdown is among several races crucial to Trump's plans to maintain control of the Senate, where Republicans are defending a narrow two-seat majority. ".Tennessee is a more conservative state". She has expressed "grave concern" about the tariffs, but said she appreciates the administration's goal of punishing bad actors like China.

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Blackburn and Bredesen have long run their race like their matchup was inevitable.

Corker also has very publicly tussled with Trump, once saying he had turned the White House into an "adult day care center", with the president tweeting in response that Corker "couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee".

In the end, the race was less about political ideology than it was about character, likeability, and outsiders versus insiders, and in that choice, voters overwhelmingly preferred Lee. She has run in support of Trump's agenda, including his wall-building immigration crackdown and his U.S. Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

All four candidates identified themselves as strong supporters of President Trump, but Boyd's campaign was hurt by his 2016 comments in which he said Trump was "anathema to me".

Dean had a huge advantage in campaign cash, outspending Fitzhugh $4.4 million to $984,800. But Bredesen would be one of the wealthiest members of Congress if elected, and he has already loaned $3.5 million of his own money to his campaign.

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